Posted by Lisa Smith
| 17 Mar 2011
British fashion designer Margaret Howell and Industrial Facility's Sam Hecht have collaborated to produce a unique shirt, mixing the functionality of cycling jerseys with the style of tailoring. The pale blue cotton button-down is simple in the front, while the back tail is turned up to form dual back pockets to hold wallet, maps, or cell phone while traveling. Unlike regular cycling jerseys, though, this one is work-appropriate.
Get one online at Margaret Howell.
Debuting at New York Fashion Week, Victorinox launched their capsule collection Remade in Switzerland by UK fashion designer Christopher Ræburn. The small collection of just 8 pieces are constructed from re-appropriated Swiss military fabrics such as sleeping bags, parachutes, blankets, and wool coats—some as old as 60 years. Each item is a limited-edition of 100 pieces including Ræburn's badass take on the classic Swiss army knife (pictured below). Kudos to the creative team behind the website and presentation, it's beautifully executed!
If you've seen The King's Speech you may have spotted the Zip Antique necklace, pictured above, around the Duchess of Windsor's neck. In one week it will be on display at the Cooper-Hewitt, alongside more than 300 other pieces of jewelry, timepieces and fashion accessories designed by Van Cleef & Arpels.
If a company primarily known for jewelry seems like an odd choice for the Cooper-Hewitt, you need only take a closer look at the company in question. As the Times reports,
"[Van Cleef & Arpels] has an amazing history, heritage, and archives. We have incredible creations in terms of design and style but also in terms of stones and technique," said Nicolas Bos, the company's New York-based global creative director and chief executive for the Americas. "This has never really been displayed or explained, and the public has never gotten to see a full overview of what Van Cleef & Arpels is about."
...It is Van Cleef & Arpels's position in the forefront of design that makes the house worthy of such an extensive show, said Sarah D. Coffin, the exhibit curator and the head of product design and decorative arts at the Cooper-Hewitt, a division of the Smithsonian Institution. "Van Cleef focuses on design first. It's the design that dictates what stones will be used and not vice versa," Ms. Coffin said.
"Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels" opens February 18th and will run until June 5th.
Posted by Sam Dunne
| 27 Jan 2011
Over the last few years blue-sky RFID concepts have been ten a penny—even if the conversion rate of these technological marvels into reality has been small and somewhat slow.
Emerging from the Hyper Island Advanced Interface Design module, "Karmatech" is the latest concept to illustrate the wondrous potential of RFID technology—in this case the chips residing in the shoe range of WeAretheSuperlativeConspiracy.
Posted by Sam Dunne
| 24 Jan 2011
Students of automotive design and fashion at the European Institute of Design in Barcelona have joined forces to explore the futures of urban mobility, in collaboration with Iniciativa BMW. "Suits That Transport"—translated a little cagily from the Spanish "El traje que te transporta"— is the name given to an exhibition of the students final outcomes currently on public display on the Rambla Catalunya in central Barcelona.
The concepts on offer are imaginative to say the least. "Comme des Voitures" (above) supposes a mobile urbanite zipping through the city streets on boots soled with large ball-bearings whilst being bombarded with ambient and real time information on the intelligent visor. Similarly "City-Sking" offers up the idea of skis made for urban terrain—and a funky space-suit to match. Yet more blue-sky is the mysterious "Flying suit" (below)—what this inflatable-looking garment is intended to do we can only imagine. Oh and you heard it here first—black and white will be the new florescent hi-vis.
Smart-arse jibes aside—and credit where credit is due—we've got to give it to the participants for some highly creative concepts and some modelling of the highest order. Its great to see, as always, some imaginative energy being invested in alternative mobility solutions—even if they can verge on the Jetsonian on occasion.
(Via Trecool/Barcelona Daily Photo/Monkee)
Posted by Sam Dunne
| 23 Jan 2011
Designers Nien Lam and Susan Ngo have collaborated to warn us of the risks of our pollution-heavy urban lifestyles on our bodily organs through fashion. In the presence of carbon monoxide, the "Warning Signs" wearables subtly change colour from a healthy pink to a slightly worrying grey.
Although presumably little more than an evocative concept, we're suitably impressed by the pairs production prowess. Take the jump for a couple of vids from their making phase —including the intriguing effects of a laser cutter on thermochromatic textile.
Posted by shaggy
| 17 Dec 2010
Generally, I'm not one to sport some middle-earth-looking orange-milky way-splashed brown borderline-KKK outfit, but under a sky suddenly darkened by black-edged clouds, on streets where all others have run for cover, well, hell yeah! Just need a good 1000-yard stare to accessorize it with. "Breathable micro polyester (100%) Water and wind resistant with an extra extension for backpacks" Perfect.
Here is an instructional video on how to rock the look.- though these guys need a bit more solemnity in their steps IMO.
Looks to be a limited edition art product by Ole Jensen
Posted by Sam Dunne
| 17 Nov 2010
India based fashion designer Mridu Sahai has created this intriguing collection, inspired by objects more commonly associated with architecture and interiors than clothing.
Incorporating all sorts of hooks, grills, handles and latches,"Fittings" is intended to "reveal the extraordinary in the ordinary" and the beauty in everyday, functional objects. Mridu is also interested in the gender conflict created in the clash of textiles and hardware.
Posted by core jr
| 9 Nov 2010
Marloes ten Bhömer is an experimental shoemaker who is exploring new possibilities in fabrication and fitting provided by 3D-printing. Rapidprototypedshoe, shown here, is breated through sintered plastic plumer, into the shape of one's foot. A fantastic solution if, like many, you're two feet aren't exactly the same size.
If 3D shoe printing takes off, we wonder other materials could be used to create a shoe that can stretch, bend, and be repaired? Bhömer has just started to address that by designing a shoe that comes apart in layers, allowing for different material properties and easy replacement of worn-out parts.
Posted by Frank Bonomo
| 8 Nov 2010
UK product development firm Special Agent introduces their own branded line of performance travel bags titled BodyKit. The series of bags offer transformational wearing styles allowing you to keep your personal items close while actively making your way around the busy city. Take their chest-strapped bulletproof looking bodygrip for example. Imagine you're on your way to that top-secret meeting on the 30th floor of a high rise building, leaping parkour-style from ledge to ledge, with your iPad strapped to your chest. Without breaking a sweat, you unfold your pack into a stylish shoulder bag, assuming your casual identity upon arrival. Relax.
With specially designed laser cut steel fittings, Bodykit promises to allow limitless adaptability and play thanks to Special Agent's use of high quality materials and years of experience designing gear for the UK's elite military forces. Check out the full line of products, and become inspired to think of what your design firm could develop on the side.
Posted by core jr
| 1 Nov 2010
Veronika Scott, a junior at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, has embarked on a quest to help over 32,000 homeless Detroiters by providing them with something basic, but much needed: a winter coat. The problem of the immense number of homeless is exacerbated by the lack of funding for proper shelters, leaving half of them out in the cold. As Scott points out, "for those who have no home, their coat is also their shelter," so rather than just clothe those in need, she's developed a hybrid shelter and garment—the coat turns into a sleeping bag, using body heat captured during the day to provide extra warmth at night.
The Element S coat is made from Tyvek and wool, simple enough to be made by first time sewers, and, in fact, designed to be. Scott hopes the production of these coats will teach people new skills, help them find employment, and inspire a sense of pride.